IDF says 'Hezbollah drone' it shot down violated Israeli sovereignty

Posted September 22, 2017

IDF officials told Fox News that the drone is an Iranian-made reconnaissance drone that took off from an air base in Syria and is believed to be operated by Hezbollah militants. In August 2014 another Patriot missile was used to destroy an unidentified drone entering Israel from the Quneitra region of Syria. It also was not clear whether the drone was meant to enter Israeli-controlled airspace or had accidentally approached it. He said if any other attempts to violate Israel's sovereignty are made, "we will respond swiftly".

Following the incident the army raised the threat level in its Northern Command.

Herzog stated that he expects Hezbollah to continue using reconnaissance drones against Israel as it is "one of the more effective ways to collect intelligence", explaining that the group uses them "from time to time and of course this is something that can not be tolerated and therefore we had to intercept it".

The border with Syria has been tense since the war erupted in 2011, and Israel has carried out over 100 strikes against Hezbollah weapons convoys in Syrian territory over the past five years. IDF is the acronym for the Israeli Defense Forces.

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In April, the IDF used a Patriot missile to intercept a Syrian drone that flew into Israeli airspace. Gen. Zvika Haimovich, the commander of Israel's aerial defense. "This wealth, which rightly belongs to Iran's people, also goes to shore up Bashar Al Assad's dictatorship, fuel Yemen's civil war, and undermine peace throughout the entire Middle East".

Yesterday, Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterated the threat of Iran at the United Nations General Assembly saying: "Iran is conducting a campaign of conquest across the Middle East, and Iran is developing ballistic missiles to threaten the entire world".

Israel's multi-tier missile defense system includes the Arrow, created to intercept long-range ballistic missiles in the stratosphere with an eye on Iran, and Iron Dome, which defends against short-range rockets from the Gaza Strip.